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Defense Base Act Archives

Workplace injuries: Statistics, causes and more

The numbers tell a grim tale. Workplaces are far too often places where accidents lead to injuries that can force employees to miss work and apply for workers' compensation benefits. Sometimes the accidents are even worse. Statistics show that 13 Americans per day lose their lives in workplace accidents.

Civilian contractor ignores own safety to save lives

The civilian engineer was working for the Air Force in Afghanistan when he heard the familiar sound of a helicopter coming from an unfamiliar spot: right above his NATO headquarters office. Seconds later, the British Puma Mk 2 crashed into ground just a few yards from the building.

Answers to your pressing Defense Base Act questions

In earlier posts, we've covered some of the basics about what the Defense Base Act is, and given you examples of the types of civilian contractor positions are covered by it. This post will answer some questions we commonly see regarding the DBA, and how it is applied.

Stepping up for Ladder Safety Month

The rules of gravity are the same in Texas as they are in Italy, Israel, Kosovo and Afghanistan (and anywhere else you care to name). Because gravity is a dependable quantity, construction tools such as ladders are just as effective -- and just as dangerous -- here as they are across the planet.

Hazardous duty: Construction work on an overseas U.S. base

Every year, jobs in the construction industry are near the top of lists of the most dangerous occupations. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that of the more than 3.3 million annual nonfatal injuries, about 9 percent happen to construction workers.

Many civilian contractor jobs not affected by fed hiring freeze

One of recently inaugurated President Donald Trump's first official acts was to institute a temporary widespread federal-level hiring freeze. Thankfully, it appears that many civilian contractor positions, particularly those on military bases abroad where our troops are engaged in active combat with insurgents won't be affected on a global scale. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work issued clarification on Trump's executive order, which also doesn't include uniformed troops, after questions arose about the scope of the hiring freeze.